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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

October Books

Putting on a Gentle & Quiet Spirit-
I read this devotional by Elizabeth George, for school.  She takes us through the book 1 Peter, verse by verse.  I think what I liked and personally took away from this book was her sections in suffering.  As a topic my family is going through right now and something I personally am struggling with, it was a comfort to read Peter's words on it.  I know we will all suffer, but it is a comfort to know that we can cast our care upon Him.  That He cares for us when we are mistreated and to know that He has a perfect plan for us in such situations.
I was hoping for more insight on a quite and gentle spirit and wisdom on living a godly life as a young girl.  But this book was a really simple read and I would recommend it to any lady who is interested in a devotional through 1 Peter.

The Captive Maiden-
I loved this book!  I could hardly put it down!
Gisela's father died and left her with her stepmother and stepsisters who treat her more of a servant than of family.  Yes...much like a retelling of Cinderella.  Through the harsh treatment of her family she doesn't give up her daydreaming about the Duke's son, Valten, even though the thought is absorbed.  But when she actually meets him she could hardly believe that he, the next Duke of Hagenheim, actually would notice her!
~I love Melanie Dickerson's books.  They are Christian books and pretty clean.  Though the books are romance, filled with kissing and desires, I love the way the author stresses the purity of each characters heart.  So different from many books today.~

Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman-
This book gives great ideas on how to organize your life; from cleaning your closet to day-to-day to do lists.  I really appreciated the ideas and opinions that were given, realizing that that's what they were, opinions that are meant to help us see the bigger picture.  I understood the author did not say this was what you need to do in order to be a beautiful woman, but she was giving us her thoughts of what abeautiful woman is, knowing that not everyone would be able or sometimes even willing to do some of the things she was writing about.
I liked how at the end of the book she stressed the beautiful woman aspect.  That no matter what your personality or what you look like you can be a beautiful woman by how you act and what you do in your life.


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